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Publix promotions have a digital focus, and other Tampa Bay business news briefs

Margie Manning



Publix in Disston Plaza in St. Petersburg

Publix Super Markets Inc. has given Laurie Douglas, senior vice president and chief information officer, additional responsibilities as chief digital officer.

Her expanded job is one of several executive officer promotions announced by Todd Jones, Publix president and CEO.

Among the moves is the promotion of Kevin Murphy to president of the Lakeland-based grocery chain. Murphy currently is senior vice president of retail operations. He’s a 34-year veteran of Publix who began his career as a front service clerk. Jones will remain CEO.

Douglas joined Publix in 2006. She previously was senior vice president and chief information officer at FedEx/Kinko’s, and vice president of information and e-business technology at The Home Depot.

Best colleges

University of South Florida, Eckerd College and University of Tampa are among the top 500 colleges and universities in the nation, according to a new report from WalletHub.

The personal finance website compared 951 schools in areas such as student selectivity, costs, faculty resources, campus safety and experience, and educational and career outcomes.

USF ranked No. 100, UT was No. 462 and Eckerd was No. 464. University of Florida was the highest-ranked Florida school, at No. 44.

Dr. Rich Castellano

Physician burnout

Dr. Rich Castellano, a Tampa surgeon, is at the forefront of a nationwide medical training movement focused on physician mental health.

Castellano will lead a three-day training, designed to help doctors avoid burn-out, Oct. 26 to Oct. 28 in Tampa.

Last year more than 50 percent of doctors reported feelings of fatigue, burnout and depression, according to a survey by medical news publication Medscape. The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates a hospital with 450 doctors loses $5.6 million annually due to high burnout and turnover of doctors.

The training qualifies for continuing medical education hours.

Sykes automates

Call center operator Sykes Enterprises in Tampa has agreed to buy Symphony Ventures Limited in London in a deal valued at about $69 million.

Symphony provides robotic process automation services and has about 200 employees, Sykes said.

“The acquisition of Symphony is another significant step in building our company’s capabilities to succeed as the digital revolution continues to transform our clients’ businesses, their customer service needs, and by extension, the customer support industry,” Chuck Sykes, president and CEO, said in a news release.

Lazydays expands

Lazydays Holdings headquarters in Seffner

Lazydays Holdings will have RV dealerships in five states, after completing the purchase of Tennessee RV Supercenter.

Lazydays (NASDAQ: LAZY), headquartered in Seffner, just east of Tampa, signed an agreement to buy Tennessee RV, which is located near Knoxville. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tennessee RV is a regular recipient of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Award, a news release from Lazydays said.

Lazydays has been expanding since going public earlier this year and currently operates dealerships in Florida, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota.

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